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ADVANCING GOOD JOBS AND FINANCIAL CAPABILITY

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 37 grants worth $4,652,412 announced in the third quarter of 2013. The grants further strategies of increasing good jobs and improving personal financial capability among low-income people in order to help them move from poverty to prosperity. The following is an annotated list of the grant awards:

Grants to Build Assets & Wealth

CFED (formerly Corporation for Enterprise Development) of Washington, D.C., will receive $150,000 for Supporting the Expansion of Financial Access and Wealth-Building Initiatives in Northwest Area Foundation Target Communities. The grant will provide general operating support to CFED for strategic and technical advice in developing two initiatives: building assets among African Americans and increasing access to mainstream financial institutions among the unbanked.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014

Centerstone of Seattle
will receive $50,000 for the Prosperity Project, which will provide financial education and policy-advocacy work in collaboration with the Seattle African American Leadership Forum.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2013-July 31, 2014

First Peoples Fund of Rapid City, S.D., will receive $1,000,000 over three years for the Native Arts Economy – Building Pilot Project. The grant will fund efforts to develop Native American art into a viable business sector capable of lifting communities out of poverty. The grant supports data from a recent ground breaking study, Establishing a Creative Economy: Art as an Economic Engine in Native Communities, which found that Native artists who have business training and access to capital, markets, and distribution networks are able to parlay their talents into living wage occupations. The pilot program will focus on Native Arts enterprise development on the Colville Reservation in Washington, Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, and Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The project will integrate training, business assistance, access to capital, networking opportunities, and policy approaches to create strong, vibrant Native arts enterprises.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2016

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
of Sebastopol, Calif., received $200,000 for the Northwest Area Immigrant Asset Building Initiative, a pilot model to help low-income immigrants gain access to credit, loans, and services of mainstream financial institutions.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014

Lakota Funds of Kyle, S.D., received $400,000 for The Lakota Fund, to promote job creation and business development on the Pine Ridge Reservation through business training and assistance and access to lending services. The focus will be on culturally- and community-appropriate strategies that build the local reservation economy.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014–Dec. 31, 2015

Little Earth Residents Association Inc. of Minneapolis will receive $300,000 over three years for the Little Earth Community Prosperity Program, an effort to build financial prosperity through housing programs, social enterprises, financial education, and job skill-building.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2016

Little Earth Residents Association Inc.
of Minneapolis received $42,800 for participation in the Native Employee-owned Enterprise Development Pilot Project. The year-long training will provide entrepreneurial coaching to strengthen, support, and expand knowledge of community wealth-building practices fundamental to creating employee-owned businesses.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2013-July 30, 2014

Mission Asset Fund of San Francisco received $200,000 over two years for Northwest Expansion of Lending Circles, a project to continue expansion of Lending Circles in the Foundation’s region. Lending Circles is designed to help the unbanked build a credit history. Participants contribute and equal amount of money into a monthly lending pot, and each month someone different takes the entire amount in the form of a loan. Payments on the loans are reported to the credit bureau, enabling the borrowers to establish credit scores.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2013–Oct. 31, 2015

Native American Community Development Institute
of Minneapolis will receive $150,000 over two years for Uplifting Native Community Assets, an initiative to map Native community assets within St. Paul and Minneapolis. The work is designed to foster collaboration among Native organizations in order to create financial and wealth-building opportunities.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2015

Native American Community Development Institute
of Minneapolis will receive $42,800 for participation in the Native Employee-owned Enterprise Development Pilot Project Cohort. The year-long training will provide entrepreneurial coaching to strengthen, support, and expand knowledge of community wealth-building practices fundamental to creating employee-owned businesses.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2013-July 30, 2014

Native American Natural Foods of Pine Ridge, S.D. received $42,800 through its fiscal sponsor, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, for participation in the Native Employee-owned Enterprise Development Pilot Project Cohort. The year-long training will provide entrepreneurial coaching to strengthen, support, and expand knowledge of community wealth-building practices fundamental to creating employee-owned businesses.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2013-July 30, 2014

Native American Youth and Family Center of Portland, Ore., received $42,800 for participation in the Native Employee-owned Enterprise Development Pilot Project Cohort. The year-long training will provide entrepreneurial coaching to strengthen, support, and expand knowledge of community wealth-building practices fundamental to creating employee-owned businesses.

Grant term: Aug. 1, 2013-July 30, 2014

Native Americans in Philanthropy of Minneapolis will receive $500,000 in general operating support over three years to implement Moving from Vision to Action. The project is aimed at building organizational development and expanding a connected network while advocating for asset-and wealth-building programs. The goal is to create a strong regional network of Native organizations capable of increasing economic opportunities.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2016

Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) of St. Paul, Minn., will receive $300,000 over three years for Equity Through Expanded & More Effective Entrepreneurship, Business Intelligence, Partnerships, and Solutions. This grant will support efforts to broaden and strengthen existing services, including microenterprise training, business assistance, and access to capital in low-income neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Funding will also be designated for the development of programs that could potentially generate new revenue in order to bolster economic development.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2016

Nexus Community Partners of St. Paul, Minn., will receive $75,000 for Adapting Urban Habitat’s Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) in the Twin Cities Region. The grant will support efforts to train and place candidates on boards and commissions of public entities. Representing communities of color and marginalized groups, these leaders will seek to advance a regional equity agenda.
Grant term: Sept. 15, 2013-Sept. 15, 2014

NEON (Northside Economic Opportunity Network) of Minneapolis will receive $150,000 over two years for NEON Core Strategies, a grant to expand economic opportunities through small business development in North Minneapolis.
Grant term: Sept. 25, 3013 – Sept. 30, 2015

Oregon Native American Business & Entrepreneurial Network (ONABEN) of Portland, Ore., will receive $308,612 over two years for Innovation in Entrepreneurship: Growing Stronger Organizations to Build Stronger Economies. The funding will support efforts to develop a regional network offering business training, support, and assistance to Native-owned enterprises.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2015

Spokane Tribal Network of Wellpinit, Wash., will receive $42,800 for participation in the Native Employee-owned Enterprise Development Pilot Project Cohort. The year-long training will provide entrepreneurial coaching to strengthen, support, and expand knowledge of community wealth-building practices fundamental to creating employee-owned businesses.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2013-July 30, 2014

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Kyle, S.D., received $42,800 for participation in the Native Employee-owned Enterprise Development Pilot Project Cohort. The year-long training will provide entrepreneurial coaching to strengthen, support, and expand knowledge of community wealth-building practices fundamental to creating employee-owned businesses.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2013-July 30, 2014

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Kyle, S.D., will receive $150,000 for Wealth Creation through Brand Development and Employee Ownership. This project is designed to create an employee ownership structure in the Native American Natural Foods enterprise. Grant funding, along with outside investments, will lay the groundwork for a proposed five percent transfer of the company’s ownership to 13 Native employees.
Grant term: July 1, 2013-Aug. 1, 2015

Grants to Improve Public Policy

A Minnesota Without Poverty of St. Paul, Minn., will receive $150,000 over two years for Connecting to End Poverty, a grant to develop public policy priorities that end poverty in Minnesota.
Grant term: Dec. 15, 2013-Nov. 30, 2015

Center for Community Change of Washington, D.C., will receive $125,000 for Reducing Poverty and Building Prosperity, a project to support grassroots efforts to pursue policy change around payday lending and expansion of health insurance and health sector jobs for low-wage workers in Montana.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of Baltimore will receive $75,000 for Bridging the Racial Wealth Divide One City at a Time. The grant will support work to lay the foundation for asset development among African Americans in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.; Des Moines, Iowa; Portland, Ore.; and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. NAACP will collaborate with BCT Partners of Newark. N.J., and CFED of Washington, D.C., on the project.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2013-March 31, 2014

General Grants

Open Arms of Minnesota Inc. of Minneapolis will receive $250 for the NWAF Volunteer Matching Contribution Program.
Grant term: Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013

NAVIGATE of Minneapolis received $25,000 for General Operating Support.
Grant term: Aug. 1-Dec. 31, 2013

Way to Grow of Minneapolis received $25,000 for General Operating Support.
Grant term: Aug. 1-Dec.31, 2013

Sponsorships

African Immigrant Services of Brooklyn Park, Minn., will receive $3,000 for sponsorship of From Observers to Active Leaders.
Grant term: Aug. 1-Sept. 31, 2013

Afroeco Inc. of Minneapolis will receive $7,500 on behalf of Project Sweetie Pie for sponsorship of Gardens Without Borders/Classrooms Without Walls.
Grant term: July 1–Dec. 31, 2013

Alliance for Metropolitan Stability of Minneapolis will receive $5,000 for sponsorship of Fair Housing & Equity Assessment Roundtables/Dinners.
Grant term: Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2013

Coalition of Communities of Color of Portland, Ore., received $10,000 through its fiscal sponsor, Native American Youth and Family Center, for planning and participation in the Organizing Communities of Color event in the Twin Cities.
Grant term: Aug.1-Dec. 31, 2013

Economic Policy Institute of Washington, D.C., will receive $5,000 for sponsorship of the 2013 EARN Conference.
Grant term: Oct.7-9, 2013

First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo., will receive $5,000 for sponsorship of the 18th Annual First Nations L.E.A.D. Institute.
Grant term: Oct. 1-5, 2013

Native American Youth and Family Center of Portland, Ore., received $9,250 on behalf of Coalition of Communities of Color for travel and participation in the Organizing Communities of Color meeting in the Twin Cities.
Grant term: Aug. 1-31, 2013

Native American Youth and Family Center of Portland, Ore., will receive $3,500 for the 10th Annual NAYA Family Center Auction and Gala.
Grant term: Nov.1-Nov.17, 2013

Saint Paul NAACP – Roy Wilkins Memorial Branch of Saint Paul, Minn., will receive $7,500 for sponsorship of the 100th Anniversary of St. Paul NAACP.
Grant term: Sept. 19-21, 2013

University of Minnesota Foundation of Minneapolis will receive $1,000 for UMM William R. King Scholarship Fund.
Grant term: Sept. 5-30, 2013

YWCA of Minneapolis will receive $5,000 for the 11th Annual It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race.
Grant term: Oct. 22-24, 2013